Colin: baby boy name meaning and popularity


With unclear origins, this name is either a French diminutive of Nicolas (meaning “people of victory”), or an English version of the Gaelic name Cuilen (meaning “pup”). Strong or cute — hopefully, your little Colin will end up embodying a little bit of both.


If you really wanted to take the “pup” meaning to new levels you could, y’know, call him Collie.

Famous people named Colin:

Actors Colin Farrell, Colin Hanks, Colin Firth, and Colin Ford; 65th Secretary of State Colin Powell; football player Colin Kaepernick.

Fun fact:

The name Colin has been prominently featured in some literary heavy-hitters, including Colin Craven in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Colin Creevey from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

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